Marco Cabrera

 

How would you ideally build a new project?

  1. Agile Process
    1. By having short iterations, it forces the team to:
      1. Communicate more frequently.
      2. Think in more depth about each small piece of the functionality.
      3. Reflect upon the work and process frequently and adjust accordingly.
    2. Allows each team member to learn different aspects of the application allowing more developers to work more fluidly in and out of the team.
    3. Affords developers time to review their code so constant growth is built in to the process.
    4. Refactoring is essential, not a bad word within the project.
  2. Test-Driven Development
    1. By thinking about your test first:
      1. You will write less code for the product
      2. Your code is more usable to a greater group of applications
      3. Your code is more independent which makes it more portable.
    2. Using Data providers, you can use your test to account for any possibility you can think of, for very little extra effort.
    3. You can refactor code with less concern of a ripple effect if there are tests written.
  3. Think of the structure of the database, the server-side scripting language, and the user experience as 3 areas that work with each other but are independent of one another.
    1. Why let the limitations of the database, hinder your organization in your code, when you could create a data abstraction layer and have your code and database work independently?
    2. Your code needs to be written in a way that it can be maintained without worrying about the database or the user.
    3. The User neither cars about the internal structure of your office, nor the folder structure of your web server.

How would you ideally modify or maintain an existing project?

  1. Self preparation
    1. Accept and honor the work and decisions that went into the current code base, but look forward from that place to see where we could be with the right efforts.
    2. Think beyond the requirements, think beyond the current limitations, if your code base can adapt, or move to a new location, you have the ability to add functionality without destroying a workflow.
    3. Be humble, you never know what you don't know. Even in a language I know "inside and out", I respect that even a beginner has something to teach me. If nothing more than the way they phrase questions, that can cause me to see a different connection that I might not have had before.
    4. Accept that we all make mistakes, but our merit is only a reflection of how they handle them.
  2. Study the Database
  3. Study pre-existing code
  4. Speak with team members
  5. Learn any existing processes
  6. Move forward, as possible, with steps for a new project.
 

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Recommendations

Marco's calm exterior hides the flurry of activity going on in his head. He is always looking for ways to improve - code, applications, processes, and his skillset. Marco is quite willing to disseminate what he has learned, and to listen to and learn from others. Working with Marco was a pleasure.
— MJ Gardner
Marco is an excellent developer to work with. He is always open to discussing various ways of solving a problem and exploring various options to determining which method would be best. Marco is a pleasure to work with.
— Ben Schleis
I have worked with Marco now at two different places, and I've been consistently surprised at the depth of knowledge he has on various topics. He knows specifically a lot about SQL and the differences of implementations. At the second place I've worked with him, he brought a lot of energy and leadership when he came on board and started a couple of new programs (HR type) that have really improved the environment here.
— Chad Crabtree
Marco is a tremendously creative solution-oriented developer. His contributions to projects both large and small are incredibly valuable. He is highly collaborative and helps bring out the best in the teammates he works with.
— Brandon Trenz
Marco was a pleasure to work with. He worked well with the other team members and was an excellent problem solver. He was always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the work got done on time and the right way.
— Paula Tapert
It was indeed a pleasure to work with Marco on software development projects. His knowledge and understanding of the human interface was helpful in the design and implementation phase as well as the training of users. I strongly recommend Marco and his company to any who need a software architect with excellent vision, program management and training skills.
— Michael Pode
Marc is an all around great guy. He is easy to work with and a great asset to any team. He is very intelligent and brings a great vision to every project. He is a true team player, and any team would be lucky to have him.
— Jayme Sloan Hennel